What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Series: The First Principles, First Principle of Truth


WHAT IS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF TRUTH?

The first principle of truth is a knowable, transcendent and unchanging reality (fixed point or referent). In this respect, it can be demonstrated that the truth about reality can be known or discovered.



Biblical References

There are only two sides with respect to statements about reality, the side of error and the side of truth. 

John 18:37 – “For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 

By definition, truth is a statement or idea that corresponds to reality (God). The Spirit of God is the fixed point of reality (1 John 5:6 “The Spirit is the truth) and God’s Word is truth because it matches reality (In John 17:17 Jesus said, “your word is truth.”). 

Jesus is the truth because he perfectly corresponds to God  In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the truth.” 

In Hebrews 1:3 we read, “The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being.”

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